North Bay’s largest design resource and the ultimate destination for the design. Our midtown Napa location carries more than 100 of the finest national and international brands of furniture, lighting, wall and floor coverings, fabrics, table top products, and concrete and metal services, making it the North Bay’s premiere destination for luxury interior furnishings.

Meet Melissa Schmitt


Let us inspire you

Let us share our love and passion for design and we believe that amazing interesting products and ideas should be accessible to everyone. Our extremely knowledgeable staff is always happy to help, whether you are just looking for a new rug, or in-home design services. Our inventory is constantly evolving – our design center is stocked with samples and unique finds for every room in your house. Your furry, four-legged friends are welcome too!  


Supporting our Community

As a locally owned business, we understand the value of community.  We are dedicated to supporting other locally owned businesses and schools through thoughtful donations. We highlight local artists and community partners through trunk shows, educational “Design Nights” and pop up shops.

Our Beginnings

The Schmitt Family

Poor House Home & Design would not exist today without Melissa’s vision and dedication to bringing approachable design to the Napa Valley.  This vision was furthered with inspiration and support from her contractor husband, Eric Schmitt, and the extended Schmitt family.  While the store is only a few years old, the story is not.  For over thirty years, the Schmitt family has been involved in various endeavors that have all shared a great love for simple distinctive design and livability.  Eric’s family has been part of the Yountville community since 1967, and both of his parents have been instrumental in making Yountville what it is today.  His father Don Schmitt served on the town council and for a couple of terms as mayor, while his mother Sally’s culinary ventures put Yountville on the map for high cuisine.  When Don and Sally opened the French Laundry in 1978, Eric followed every detail of its renovation and eventually worked in the kitchen alongside his mother.  Drawing inspiration from their pioneering spirit, as well as from the constant construction around him, Eric was quick to transform his passion for construction into a lifelong career in custom building, and the inception of his general contractor business, “Schmitt & Company.”


Eric and Melissa Schmitt formalized Schmitt & Company in 2000 after nearly 20 years of custom building in the Napa Valley. Their longstanding, collaborative relationships with local architects, tradesmen and artisans are evident in everything they do, from some of the valley’s most distinctive homes to boutique wineries and everything in between. With an unparalleled reputation for integrity, innovation and personal service, Schmitt & Company has been fortunate to work through referrals from some of California’s premier architects, and through loyal clientele. With a gift for assimilating the finest details of a space into a distinctive, breathtaking whole, Melissa expanded Schmitt & Company’s offering to include design and custom fabrication services. Beginning with a small line of furnishings, Melissa orchestrated the design of more and more pieces of custom furniture, then architectural components, which evolved into Schmitt & Company’s renowned SC Fabrication studio. Her work on her own home inspired so many requests for advice that she formalized the design brand of Schmitt & Company as well, ultimately offering everything from color consultation to space planning, finish selections, and construction management.

Spearheaded by Eric’s nephew, Joe, SC Fabrication’s years of experience in mix design, mold making and finishing have enabled them to create a high-performing, non-toxic and incredibly customizable product that retains concrete’s natural beauty. From countertops to window sills to furniture, in any number of colors, textures and finishes, concrete’s endless versatility opens up a world of possibility, no matter the size of the project.  Joe has been working in various capacities for Schmitt & Company since he was 17 years old.  Beginning with a foundation in general construction, Joe was exposed immediately to high-profile projects that kindled his natural curiosity and passion for design.  He soon began to explore concrete casting, then welding, and eventually he cultivated the skills and knowledge for his now-renowned work in custom concrete and steel fabrication.